Reuters

Changes in employment in the Cleveland area show shifts in which industries are driving the economy.

When economists talk about economic drivers, what they really mean is that there are certain sectors that tend have a much bigger influence on our overall economic health than others. Sorry, baristas, but services don't tend to be one of them. The real economic moving and shaking happens in manufacturing, real estate and health-care. And as you might have heard, there's been some turbulence those three industries in recent years.

This is especially true in Northeast Ohio. Just take a look at the chart below, which focuses on the Cleveland-Akron-Youngstown region, courtesy the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium:

Image credit: NEOSCC

Motor vehicle manufacturing and motor vehicle parts manufacturing saw some of the largest drops in employment between 2006 and 2010, while the "general medical and surgical hospitals" category saw the largest increase. The losses far outweigh the gains here, with about 18,000 jobs in the auto industry evaporating and about 7,000 materializing in the hospital industry between 2006 and 2010. But if you look at nearly every other sector that saw employment drop during that time, the vast majority are either manufacturing or metal-producing.

Though there's not too much for Northeast Ohio to smile about in the growth category, there's at least this one strong indication of an industry – the health-care sector – on an economy-driving trajectory. The region might want to start doing more to help it continue on that path.

Top photo: Allison Joyce / Reuters

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A groundskeeper at a country club in Rochester, New York
    Equity

    The Jobs That Are Getting Priced Out of Superstar Cities

    It’s not high costs alone that are pushing people out of expensive cities—whole categories of jobs are underrepresented there.

  2. A detail from a 1942 British Mandate map of Haifa, now a city in Israel.
    Maps

    Mapping Palestine Before Israel

    A new open-source project uses British historical maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before 1948.

  3. Transportation

    Scooter-Sharing Brings a Weird Twist to the Gig Economy

    “Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.

  4. Maps

    Mapping Puerto Rico's Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data

    Data from 500,000 smartphones reveals exactly where the island’s residents went after the storm, and when they came back.

  5. Maps

    Mapping Chicago's Subway in the Style of Frank Lloyd Wright

    Great for finding your way to the architect’s many Windy City projects.